I saw the name and had lots of questions.
Could it be an exotic chocolate?
A person? A color?
How is it pronounced?
Well, I looked it up. Moncarapacho is the name of a parish in southern Portugal AND it is the name Willyne Hammerstein chose for this awe-inspiring quilt.
I invariably pronounce Passacaglia incorrectly (as I am frequently told), so I decided to look this one up. Oh, the wonder of the Internet!
You can listen to it! If you scroll down on that page, you can compare the Dutch, British, Australian, German, Japanese and Canadian pronunciations of Moncarapacho.
The variety is encouraging! If anyone tries to correct you, just say you’ve got a Portuguese accent. (That raises another question. Are ANY of these right? Who decides?)
One more question: How will quilters abbreviate this one? Monkey says “Pacho” works because it sounds like patchwork but I think quilters will make up their own minds. (Acho = think in Portuguese.)
Moncarapacho is featured on the cover of Willyne’s newest book, Millefiori Quilts 3, which is available for a special price of $39.95 for a limited time only.
Naturally, the first question Inklingo quilters ask is “Are the shapes available?” The answer is YES. (Index of Shapes, Diamonds)
It looks complex but this design only uses two diamonds and they are the same shapes that Willyne used in Passacaglia with Mr Penrose and Wild is the Wind in Millefiori Quilts 1, and in Ballet with Kaffe Fassett and Be Calm and Count to Ten in Millefiori Quilts 2.
Here they are in Wild is the Wind. These must be some of Willyne’s favorite shapes—not to be confused with 60º diamonds, which Willyne also uses in some designs.
The good news is that if you have an Inklingo Passacaglia shape collection OR an Inklingo Ballet shape collection, you have everything you need to print and sew this amazing Moncarapacho design.
Just add the book for instructions and some luscious fabric and enjoy every stitch!.
With 3 cm shapes (original), Moncarapacho is approximately 55.75 x 58 inches.
With 1.5 inch shapes, it is approximately 71 x 74 inches.
The shape collections are fantastic value ($20 or $25) plus I add the Hexagon Quilt Design Book (PDF to download). The design book focuses on 60º hexagons but the sewing and pressing instructions also apply to these shapes.
NO ACRYLIC, NO PAPERS
As usual, if you have the Inklingo shape collection, you do not need acrylic templates or papers.
Print the shapes on fabric or on paper or freezer paper with a choice of layouts and sew by hand or by machine.
There are a LOT of articles in the archives and videos that apply to Moncarapacho. You might want to pour a coffee, sweeten it with chocolate milk, and review a few of these.
VIDEO There is a video on the Main Millefiori Page (under the Shop tab) showing how to sew Passacaglia with a running stitch. Willyne teaches hand piecing with a running stitch (not English Paper Piecing, as I originally thought) and sewing with a running stitch is even faster and easier if you print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo. It speeds up the preparation, and printing the cutting and stitching lines on fabric with your Inkjet ensures accuracy.
HYBRID PIECING The technique of combining hand and machine piecing for Celestial Star can be used for Moncarapacho too.
VIDEO The video for sewing 6-pointed stars will help you get perfect intersections on 5-pointed and 10-pointed stars too.
If you are new to Inklingo, this VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website explains how to print on fabric with your Inkjet printer.
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Linda & Monkey